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Sligo sign young English midfielder Djilali

Updated: Monday, 04 Mar 2013 22:56 | Comments

Kieran Djilali has joined Sligo Rovers
Kieran Djilali has joined Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers have completed the signing of former Crystal Palace midfielder Kieran Djilali.

The 22-year-old Djilali, who has played for Palace, Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon joins on a one-year-deal with a option for a further year.

Djilali has already featured in a friendly match for Rovers against Castlebar Celtic and joins ahead of this Friday’s Airtricity League match with Derry City.

Speaking at tonight’s Setanta Cup quarter-final first leg match with Glentoran, where he was presented to The Showgrounds crowd, the 22-year-old said:

"I'm very pleased that the deal has been done. I feel like it is a great place to be and it looks like a growing club. It’s a club that is on the up and I think I can really enjoy my football here.

When asked what he will bring to the Rovers squad, Djilali said: “I like running with the ball, I can score goals, I can create attacking play but I also want to work hard for the team and I want to be a real team player.

"I want to retain the league here with Sligo Rovers and maybe win a cup or two along the way. Everyone is going to be out for us. I think the boys know that, but from what I’ve seen in training since I’ve been here is that everyone looks just as hungry as they would have been last season. It’s a good time be coming in."

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